Jenny Saville + Rembrandt

Here’s a review of the J. S. Show at the Modern I in Edinburgh. It captures what I found to be the sensibility of the contemporary group show I saw there. Saville is new for me - I was stunned. When her figures became  too disturbing to look at (happened quite soon), I would begin examining her marks in paint and charcoal Instead. They were disturbing too. I couldn’t get away from these monumentally scaled, nude women. Their very flesh, so malleable and yet so solid, were hard to remain with but so compelling I had to stay. Her work will stay w me a long time.

 

i also saw an amazing Rembrandt show the same day. I was especially swept into his ink drawings. I’m inviting him into my studio and drawing immediately. I’m just on my phone so will post more notes later. 

www. scotsman.com

Kelvingrove

Tuesday: Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery in Glasgow. Loved it - focused on Scottish art and artists, and it was a great intro. I only have my phone, and dang it! Cannot figure out how to get a photo in here! Hopefully there will be photos soon!

Tons of Opportunities!!

I have three shows in July! I hope to see you at one or all of them.

June 30 - August 11

Verum Ultimum

5th Annual Living Mark Exhibit

An international open juried call

Opening June 30, 6-8

Regular Hours are T/W/Th/Sat 11-4, and by appointment as well

My piece "Pussy Got Pisssed" has been included in this exhibit, and was chosen for the cover of the show's catalog! (sumi ink, small orange latex gloves, staples on wood; 24"x24")

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery
3014 NE Ainsworth Blvd
Portland OR 97211
347-752-8915
www.verumultimumartgallery.com

 

 

July 5 - 28

Gallery 114, Thurs - Sun, noon-6

Dwelling in Possibility

Annual member exhibit

Opening July 5th, 6-9 p.m.

My piece "Tangle" will be in the show (ink on paper, 36" x 50")

Gallery 114

1100 NW Glisan

Portland, OR 97209

503-243-3356

Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12-6pm and by appointment

 

 

July 8 - September 9

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, NW 19th and NW Everett

Mary Magdalene Re-Imagined

Juried group show

Opening and artist panel, July 8th

My installation piece, "Mary's Tangle," is part of this exhibit. Image detail is on my home page. 

 

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

147 NW 19th Ave

Portland, OR 97209

503-222-9811

10am – 12pm Sundays through September 9 or by appointment with Myra Clark (see “contact”)

Wish me luck!

This painting is of the royal bedchamber doorway at the Chateau de Langeais in France. As religion, mysticism and symbolism was central to medieval life, I have wondered if Anne of Brittany found solace in the light that penetrated the darkness of the castle after her forced marriage to Charles VIII.

This painting is of the royal bedchamber doorway at the Chateau de Langeais in France. As religion, mysticism and symbolism was central to medieval life, I have wondered if Anne of Brittany found solace in the light that penetrated the darkness of the castle after her forced marriage to Charles VIII.

This painting is a response to the religious art, architecture and symbolism I saw during a bicycle tour in the Loire Valley. I have always loved the medieval time period, where faith and belief in the unseen was a normal part of life. The experience brought to mind timeless spiritual questions, even while “Langeais" did not use specifically religious symbolism. 

I've submitted it to a show "Light Out of Darkness." Wish me luck!

Update: This piece was accepted. I was very proud to send it to Sacramento, even though shipping cost an arm and leg!

Seeing angels

Guardian Angel detail, DMC#5 Cotton Pearl thread on linen

Guardian Angel detail, DMC#5 Cotton Pearl thread on linen

Time to experiment; I draw and paint because it feels like I am “really” making art when I do it. I’ve decided to push myself on some other fronts as well, with the thought that this may also push my drawing and painting. Or not – I'll find out. Here is a detail of “Guardian Angel,” an embroidered icon that I am working on. Having grown up with both my grandmother and mother sewing and knitting for their families (as I also used to sew, although I don't knit), employing needle and thread is a welcome return to my roots. The “zone” is found in this art form as much as any other I have practiced – so far, so good!